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A Computational Perspective on Visual Attention

John K. Tsotsos


Although William James declared in 1890, “Everyone knows what attention is,” today, there are many different and sometimes opposing views on the subject. This fragmented theoretical landscape may exist because most of the theories and models of attention offer explanations in natural language or in a pictorial manner rather than providing a quantitative and unambiguous statement of the theory, and focus on the manifestations of attention instead of its rationale. This book develops a formal model of visual attention with the goal of providing a theoretical explanation for why humans (and anima ... More

Keywords: William James, Selective Tuning, attentive behavior, attention theories, attention models

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015417
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John K. Tsotsos, author